06 December, 2020

Sanchaita Gajapathi Raju

The founder of Social Awareness Newer Alternatives (SANA), a water and sanitation provider to rural India, on winning the Google Impact Award

Sanchaita Gajapathi Raju

Tell us about SANA.

It’s an NGO that ensures supply of water and sanitation to rural Andhra Pradesh and Delhi with the help of micro-ionised solar water purifiers and bio-digester toilets.

What was it like winning the Google Impact Award based on public polling?

To have received the Google impact Award based on a public poll was unexpected, as most people who know us do not have the facilities to vote.

What do you plan to do with the Rs 3-crore prize money?

It’ll go into our three-year plan of providing 54 million litres of water and 200 community toilets in Delhi and Andhra Pradesh.

What was the idea behind setting up SANA?

I was helping my father with a documentary on social intervention for farmers in Gulba­rga in 2011 when I decided to set it up.

What makes it stand apart from the rest?

With the help of panchayats, we train local people to ensure smooth functioning of the project once we’ve set up...



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